Best Christmas Gifts to promote activity and engagement for your kids
Christmas is always a hectic time of year with lots of gifts to buy, so we thought we would lend a hand.
We have scoured the internet and found the best toys to encourage your child to be active and engaged, as well as teach them some important life lessons.
Some Great Gift Ideas for Christmas
Walkie talkies are a fun way for the kids to play together (inside or outside), but they can also be a great way for parents to stay in touch with kids when they’re out exploring close to home (but may not be visible). They encourage clear communication, and as a bonus they’ll be useful on hikes and camping trips.
An easy to put up dome tent would make a great gift for kids. They are relatively inexpensive and can be used on camping trips or set up in the backyard for camping. Let your kids learn how to set up the tent by themselves and practice putting it up and taking it down at home.
A scooter is another great way to provide exercise, fresh air and quality outdoor time to a kid. Scooters are great for kids as young as 2 years old (the 3-wheelers) and come in a variety of sizes, colors and speeds. A helmet is essential for safety.
A fish tank or bowl is a great way to introduce the kids to a pet and make them understand the responsibilities of looking after and caring for a pet. It’ll teach them key life skills and also give them a bit of fun choosing a fish.
Contact your local pet store.
Buying a fruit tree for a child is an idea we love! Not only does this teach kids about nature cycles, seasons and responsibility, but can provide fruit to harvest, bake with or gift to others.
Take a trip to Bunnings to check out the choices.
Fitness trackers come in all shapes and sizes and really encourage your kids to get outside and active with this waterproof fitness tracker. It promotes a healthy lifestyle and sleep habits in your kids. Set goals and challenges for the family, work on math skills, track improvement over time. So many fun ways to use these little devices.
Talk to your child’s therapists if you have an idea for a present that might help your child reach their goals. Our OTs, Speech Therapists, Development Educators and Behaviour Team all use play as a therapeutic tool, and would be happy to recommend the right toys, or other gifts, to extend the benefit of your child’s therapy.